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Handwritten manuscript of the autobiography "Herbstmilch" | © BSB

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek receives the personal papers of Anna Wimschneider (1919 – 1993) as a donation from the community of heirs, i.a. the handwritten manuscript of her autobiographic novel "Herbstmilch" ("Autumn Milk").

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General Reading Room | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

Since the beginning of October 2017, all media that are provided in the collection area of the General Reading Room following your orders have already been booked as loans for consultation in the reading room. You can start working with these media immediately.

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Q3 graduates, November 2017 | © BSB/ N. Werr

Twelve female and one male graduate of the field of specialisation librarianship have received their diplomas after three years of study at the Hochschule für den öffentlichen Dienst in Bayern (University of Public Service in Bavaria) and various Bavarian training libraries.

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Image motif of the poster announcing the cabinet presentation | © BSB

23 November 2017 – 28 March 2018
Cabinet presentation in the series "Musical treasures"
It is owed to the Bavarian dukes' enthusiasm for collecting that the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently preserves not only the monumental Renaissance choir books, but in addition around 70 further music manuscripts of this epoch, in the form of tablatures and part books. Displaying specially produced reproductions, the cabinet presentation shows the musical abundance and complexity of these precious holdings.

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Construction works | © BSB

For the duration of the reconstruction measures on the ground floor and basement floor, the access routes to the Periodicals Reading Room, the cafeteria, to the lockers and toilets will be changed. A current floor plan can help you find your way around during this time.

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Resistance: Man and woman in cellar listening to radio, by war artist Terence Cuneo | © The National Archives, INF 3/1787

Since the end of October, the Specialised Information Service (FID) for Historical Studies has offered access to the database "Conditions and Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940 – 1945", which forms part of the Archives Unbound Collection of Gale Cengage, to the Germany-wide expert community for a three-month trial period. So far, the database has been available only at two German libraries. A FID license will be negotiated in case of a sufficient frequency of use by researchers.

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© Universal History Archive/ Universal Images Group [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/300_2282725/1/300_2282725/cite

The digital source collection has been licensed for Germany-wide use within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies with the support of the German Research Foundation. Access to "The Stalin Digital Archive" and the digital copies it contains of the fund 558 from the Russian State Archive for Socio-Political History (RGASPI), will make the research of Stalin and of the Soviet Union significantly easier for researchers in Germany in the future.

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BayernWLAN in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/ Public Relations

No matter whether you are in one of the reading rooms, in the Fürstensaal or in the cafeteria: In almost all user areas of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bavarian WLAN is now accessible for everybody – free of charge, open and unrestricted.

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bavarikon | © BSB/ bavarikon

The culture portal bavarikon has launched a new newsletter: It gives a monthly overview of new contents and partner institutions and informs about everything worth knowing about bavarikon. The topic of the first issue is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Journal of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Slovenia "Delo", number 2 of May 1942 | © BSB

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquires an extensive collection of partisan prints, predominantly from the region of today's Slovenia. The library thus complements its holdings by adding first-class sources on the South-East European and German history during the Second World War.

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Books to the web – Digitization of a coat of arms book | © BSB

On 6 March 2007 the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, the then Bavarian Minister of Sciences Dr. Thomas Goppel and Google announced that the library was going to join Google's book search project. In cooperation with the Internet corporation, the copyright-free holdings of the library, focusing on works from the 17th to the end of the 19th century, were to be digitized – an important milestone in the digitization strategy of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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The "Fachinformationsdienst Geschichtswissenschaft" (FID) offers researching historians Germany-wide access to various databases, e-books and e-journals.

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From left to right: Father Erhard Staufer, Dr. Stefan Kellner, Dr. Sandra Krum, Dr. Peter Pfister | © BSB/ M. Jäger

On 27 September 2017, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) handed back 67 titles formerly owned by the "Association of Catholic religious education teachers at the institutions of higher education in Bavaria" to its successor organisation, the "Association of Catholic religious education teachers at the grammar schools in Bavaria" (Verband der katholischen Religionslehrer und Religionslehrerinnen an den Gymnasien in Bayern e. V., KRGB).

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Karl Preusker Medal | © Bibliothek & Information Deutschland

The umbrella organisation of the German library associations, Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID) e. V., awards the Karl Preusker Medal 2017 to the Executive Library Director Dr. Claudia Fabian, Head of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Wolfgang Sawallisch in Munich in 1956 | © BSB/ Image Archive

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the musical estate of the conductor and pianist Wolfgang Sawallisch (1923 – 2013). The personal papers include a large number of conductor's and pocket scores with handwritten entries by Sawallisch and sound recordings, in addition to music manuscripts of his own works.

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Deacidification treatment of the reference library on Eastern Europe | © BSB/ S. Liebich

A large part of the reference library on Eastern Europe (Hbost) is currently being deacidificated and will consequently be unavailable for a period of presumably two months.

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Exhibition poster | © BSB

From 20 September 2017 to 7 January 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents the book as an autonomous work of art, forming the center of its exhibition "SHOWCASE – Artists' books from the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek". The exhibition illustrates impressively the enormous differences between the artists' approaches to using the book as a form of expression. The works on display reach from the historical avant-gardes of the 20th century to conceptual artists' books of the 1960s and 1970s, and up to the present.

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Biographical Portal, logo

The European Biographical Portal enables access to more than 160,000 scholarly biographies of persons from all social backgrounds and covers most of the periods from German, Austrian, Swiss, Slovenian, and South-East European history.

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Workshop within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies
25 – 26 October 2017
Our invitation addresses all interested scholars and librarians alike to participate, find out and discuss.

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New service: Scans from microfilm and microfiche | © BSB

As of now, you can produce scans and printouts – also from microfiche and microfilm – yourself at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. A scanner for such materials is provided at the copy station in the General Reading Room.

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Annual report 2016, cover | © BSB

In its annual report, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek regularly documents the library's development in the preceding year, with images and texts that will – hopefully – catch your attention and pique your curiosity with regard to the offers and services of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The current annual report for 2016 is also available online.

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Volumes restituted to the "Dachverband Freier Weltanschauungsgemeinschaften e. V." on 24 July 2017 | © BSB/ Public Relations

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek returns 56 unlawfully acquired books from its holdings to two institutions and one individual, thus facing up to its responsibility.

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Since the beginning of July 2017, users can suggest book acquisitions for the areas of collection emphasis of classical studies, historical studies, musicology and Russian, east and south-east European studies. We appreciate receiving your requests and indications regarding gaps in our collections, web contents of scholarly relevance and research trends and will check whether we can incorporate them in our spectrum of media and services.

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The Literature Portal Bavaria celebrates its fifth anniversary with a public reading from the internet novel | © Literaturportal Bayern

On its website, the Literature Portal Bavaria has offered a comprehensive overview of Bavaria as a country of literature, of authors and of literature events for exactly five years. On the occasion of this anniversary on 16 July 2017, we would like to present an overview of the work of the preceding years.

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Poster motif of the cabinet presentation – Edouard Jean Conrad Hamman (1819 – 1888): George I of Great Britain and George Frideric Handel on a boat trip on the Thames (1717) | Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Cabinet presentation of the series "Musical treasures"
17 July – 17 November 2017
On 17 July 1717, the orchestra music by George Frideric Handel, storied as the so-called "Water Music", was performed for the first time in London. At this historical event, a full-size orchestral ensemble accompanied the English King George I on a boat trip on the Tames with great success. In time for the 300th anniversary of this event, the Music Department presents a cabinet presentation with compositions inspired by rivers and seas, from the Danube to the Vltava, from the Rhine to the Isar.

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Sacramentary of Henry II in 3D | © BSB/ Clm 4456

Art and culture in the 3D format: Since 2013, bavarikon has presented selected exhibits from Bavarian collections in the form of three-dimensional digital copies, thus constituting Germany's first regional portal to offer photo-realistic 3D models interactively on the Internet. Now, a new milestone has been reached. The 50th 3D model has been put online in bavarikon.

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Scanning robot | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

Over 1.9 million digitized volumes, the largest fleet of scanners of all German cultural institutions, innovation projects such as the image-based similarity search, the newspaper portal digiPress, apps, 3D digitization, new presentation systems for digital contents, cooperation projects with Google, the Stanford University Libraries or the Fraunhofer Society and much more mark the digitization strategy of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. The library now celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Munich Digitization Center (MDZ).

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Bibliotheksmagazin 2/17

In cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek publishes the Bibliotheksmagazin for the interested public three times per year. It features interesting reports and news from the exciting world of the two large German universal libraries.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, detail of cover of the current issue | © BSB/ Bibliotheksforum Bayern

The journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern contains specialised articles and news informing about all areas of public and academic librarianship in Bavaria, Germany and the world. The current issue 2/2017 is dedicated largely to the topic "music libraries in Bavaria".

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State archive of Nuremberg and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek return Nazi loot to descendants of the Süßheim family in 2017 | © BSB

Within the framework of a ceremonial act on 19 June 2017, the Free State of Bavaria restituted 44 manuscripts, map works and files from the holdings of the state archive of Nuremberg and of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek to the descendants of the Munich Orientalist Prof. Karl Süßheim. The family had been dispossessed of the works in the time of the Third Reich.

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